WASHDOWN facilities in the Central Highlands are not going to be cleaned-up by council, leaving truck drivers frustrated.
WASHDOWN facilities in the Central Highlands are not going to be cleaned-up by council, leaving truck drivers frustrated. Bev Geissler

Central Highlands washdown facilities to remain unkempt

THE Central Highlands council isn't cleaning up from its coin-operated washdown facilities.

The Springsure facility was vandalised on February 8 and put out of action for 31 days, and Deputy Mayor Gail Nixon was keen to dispute a council-generated report saying money had been stolen.

"Why was it (the control console) kicked in? Because the pump wasn't working… all the money and tokens were lying on the ground," Cr Nixon said. "Obviously someone got cranky and kicked it in."

Community and Development Services general manager Brad Duke's department recommended security options for the four washdown locations to be submitted for inclusion in the 2013-14 budget.

The Duaringa and Rolleston washdown facilities have also been the target of vandalism.

Emerald's facility was out of order until late February due to an issue with the Avdata account control console.

"We have constant problems with vandalism and damage to these assets," Mr Duke said. "For three-four years they have been consistently used, they're practically antiquated in my view, but we have got to ensure they're working to the best of their ability."

The Rolleston facility registered 97 hours of use in February and 82 hours in March before it was broken.

Duaringa notched up 120 hours of service last month.

"Service levels related to maintaining the operational status of council's washdown facilities are challenged due to the level of vandalism and high demand and capacity constraints," Mr Duke said.

The washdown facility at Moura has been inspected to see what changes can be made.


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